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Women’s Archives at OSU seeking materials from recent marches
  The Women’s Archives at Oklahoma State University is seeking materials from the public to help document and tell the story of the Oklahoma Women’s Marches, held Jan. 21. “As part of one of the largest international efforts to advocate for women’s concerns in recent decades, the marches provide a unique opportunity for the archives to serve as an official repository to capture this particular moment in Oklahoma history,” Associate Dean of OSU Libraries Mary Larson said. Both physical items (such as signs, buttons, stickers and flyers) and digital materials (e.g., photos, videos, organizational files, emails or social media) from the Oklahoma marches are of interest. To donate, contact David Peters at or 405-744-6597. Once processed, the collected contributions will be available to researchers interested in a wide variety of fields, such as history, gender and women’s studies, media studies, political science, art history and others. “By preserving physical and digital materials related to the marches, we can offer future students and faculty a window into these events and how they related to what was happening internationally,” Larson said. The Women’s Archives at OSU serves as a central information source about women in Oklahoma by preserving the contributions they make to the state in all areas, including science, culture, business, and government. Gifts that reflect women’s interests, activities, and intellectual pursuits from territorial days to the present are welcome. If you have questions about the Women’s Archives more generally, contact Mary Larson at or 405-744-6588.
Wed, 08 Feb 2017 13:49:14 -0600
OSU chemical engineering names ChemE Car winners
The School of Chemical Engineering at Oklahoma State University hosted its 17th annual ChemE Car competition, naming its winners in both poster and car. Four teams each delivered a poster presentation that detailed the cost and creation of its car. Judges were from the Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, which also sponsored the event. Team Orange Juice won the poster competition. Team members were Josh Baker, Choctaw; John Hayes, Broken Arrow; Holly Palmer, Cashion; Nathan Shellady, Sapulpa; and Sara Wilson, Owasso. For the car component, each team had two chances to run their car on a flat surface. The car created by Team ABS(0) or Absolute Zero traveled the longest without driving out of bounds. Members of the winning team were Musaad Al-Jafari, Saudi Arabia; Luke Bower, Claremore; Joshua Sallee, Broken Arrow; and Adam Summers, Ponca City. The winning car traveled 57 feet and four inches on its first run and 76 feet and six inches on its second run. Sundar Madihally, associate chemical engineering professor, has been a part of the ChemE Car competition since 2002. “It has been a fun activity for students and industry participants,” says Madihally. “It has the students turn theoretical knowledge into practical use.” The winning teams received trophies at a ceremony after the races finished. Team ABS (0) will go on to compete at the ChemE Car regional competition in Tulsa, OK. PHOTOS:
Tue, 07 Feb 2017 12:20:07 -0600
OSU Theatre presents an outlandish adventure
OSU Theatre presents an outlandish adventure Tickets are now on sale for OSU Department of Theatre’s third Main Stage production, Donald Margulies’ “Shipwrecked!” The show runs Feb. 23-25 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 26 at 2:30 p.m. in the Vivia Locke Theatre in the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts.  All first responders in Payne County, Noble County and Pawnee County receive two free tickets! “Shipwrecked!” is based on the true story of Louis de Rougemont, a 19th-century British explorer who became a cultural phenomenon. Rougemont invites audience members to experience his story of adventure and survival as he spends decades shipwrecked in the South Pacific. Exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles and a monstrous man-eating octopus are several of the many different characters who populate his tale, and all are played by a small cast of seven very acrobatic actors. The play raises the question of whether Rougemont, in his effort to leave a mark on the world, blurs the line between fact and fiction. See the show and decide for yourself! “Shipwrecked!” is directed by Associate Professor of Performance Lloyd Caldwell. Over his 30-year career, Caldwell has choreographed stage combat and other physical comedy routines for more than 100 professional productions and 120 university productions in the United States, Canada and Europe.  Breaking from traditional theatre productions, Rougemont narrates “Shipwrecked!” while participating in acted scenes that are incorporated into the story. “It is a story, told by an adventurer, that spans a lifetime and covers so much geography,” Caldwell said. “We call our chorus of actors ‘mates’—like ‘shipmates’—but besides a ship’s crew, they play dozens of roles in places all around the world, from England to the South Pacific, to the Australian outback and then back to London. The show is very fast-paced, so everyone cast had to have gymnastic skills and great timing, and of course, a sense of humor.” Junior Kelton Neals plays Louis de Rougemont. He was last seen on stage in the September production of “The Call” as the African character Alemu, and before that he was in the musical, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” playing William Barfee. Neals describes his current role as being similar to his role as Alemu because both men were storytellers who transported their listeners to another world. Neals is joined onstage by Breanna Ault, Allyson Blackshare, Charli Granato, J.D. Miller, Tyler Pietruszewski, Jacquelyn Wieden and Hayden Yoder. “I’m looking forward to amazing the audience and taking them to a different world,” Neals said. “I hope to make them forget that they are sitting in a theatre. But quite honestly, this is an ensemble production; it’s not a one-man show. All the actors playing the mates are really high energy and very entertaining.” On the production team are senior stage manager Hannah Mans, costume designer Jeremy Bernardoni and lighting designer Heidi Hoffer. Joining the team, as a special guest artist, is scenic and properties designer Rich Larsen. Larsen teaches at the University of Scranton and has been able to spend time in Stillwater this spring semester while on sabbatical. Larsen is a veteran of many New York productions and has visited OSU’s Department of Theatre a few times before. “The theatre faculty at OSU and their students are a real joy to be around,” Larsen said. “They approach the shows with a lot of enthusiasm and creativity. This project in particular has been a delightful challenge. The set has a lot of movable parts and, most fun, the audience should expect a few imaginative sea creatures to come to life.” Head of Department Andrew Kimbrough promises a family-friendly production that is sure to entertain and delight audience members of all ages. “Everybody from grandparents to little kids will get a kick out of this show,” Kimbrough said. “It’s a great example of live theatre!” The OSU Department of Theatre is offering two free tickets to all first responders in Payne, Pawnee and Noble Counties. For those interested in receiving the free tickets—police, sheriffs, fire departments, Life Net, etc.—please bring a form of identification from your area of service when attending the show. Tickets for the show can be purchased online at or by visiting the Theatre Office in 121 Seretean Center for the Performing Arts. General admission tickets are $12, senior tickets (65+) are $8 and student tickets are $7. PHOTOS:
Tue, 07 Feb 2017 12:17:29 -0600
OSU psychology professor honored for diversity efforts
Dr. John Chaney, Oklahoma State University Regents Professor, is the recipient of the 2017 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Diversity in Pediatric Psychology from the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Society of Pediatric Psychology. John Chaney The award honors a pediatric psychologist who professionally promotes understanding and respect for diversity in research, policy or practice within a field of pediatric psychology. “It is quite an honor to be recognized nationally for your investments in diversity-focused training and research over the course of your career, and I am grateful,” Chaney said.  “At the same time, I think it is equally important to acknowledge this individual award is the result of a team effort and a dedicated supporting cast.” Chaney said the APA award was made possible by the American Indians Into Psychology program he directs, which has helped 25 American Indian students receive their doctorates at OSU. The program, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary this fall, has become an integral part of the OSU Psychology Department, contributing to an inclusive environment that embraces cultural diversity. “The program’s success would not have been possible without the ongoing support of the OSU administration and the psychology department’s faculty and staff,” he said. Dr. Larry Mullins, associate dean for research in the College of Arts and Sciences and Vaughn Vennerberg II Chair of Psychology at OSU, nominated Chaney for the award. “Dr. Chaney has been a champion for diversity his entire career,” Mullins said. “His research, teaching, leadership and advocacy, in the context of diversity, are exceptional and unparalleled by anyone I know in the field of pediatric psychology.” PHOTO:
Tue, 07 Feb 2017 12:23:24 -0600
Psychological Services Center seeking individuals for managing emotions and mindfulness groups
Psychological Services Center Managing Emotions Group: The Psychological Services Center, affiliated with the Department of Psychology at Oklahoma State University, will be offering a Managing Emotions group. The group is targeted toward individuals with difficulties regulating their emotions or whose emotions have caused problems in the past. Activities will be geared toward debunking myths about emotions, learning about how emotions affect our body physically, communicating emotions to others effectively, and increasing positive experiences. This group will teach individuals about the purpose of emotions, how to manage their emotions, and how to decrease suffering due to negative emotions. The group is scheduled for mid-February through April on Tuesday evenings from 6-8pm. Fees will be assessed on a sliding scale. If you believe you would be interested in participating in such a group, or would like more information, please contact our staff at 405-744-5975 as soon as possible. Mindfulness Meditation Group: The Psychological Services Center, affiliated with the Department of Psychology at Oklahoma State University, will be offering a Meditation group for individuals who would like assistance handling stress, worry, sadness, and/or distress related to chronic pain. Learn mindfulness and yoga practice for stress reduction and enhanced well-being. The group is scheduled for mid-February through March on Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm. Fees will be assessed on a sliding scale. If you believe you would be interested in participating in such a group, or would like more information, please contact our staff at 405-744-5975 as soon as possible.
Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:04:49 -0600
OSU researchers study single dads and child safety
Left, OSU doctoral student Erin Wood and Dr. Shelia Kennison, Wood’s faculty adviser Oklahoma State University doctoral student Erin Wood is conducting a survey to gain insight on child safety in the growing number of households run by single fathers. “I’m inviting single dads to participate in our online survey, which we hope to use to gain a better understanding of how to prevent injury in the home,” said Wood, who is a student in OSU’s Experimental Ph.D. program. Since 1960, homes headed by single fathers have increased by 900 percent to more than 2.6 million households today, slowly becoming as prominent as those headed by single mothers, according to the Pew Research Center. Despite the increase in the number of dads raising children on their own, little is known about their experiences and whether the long-term outcomes are similar to those observed in other types of households. A recent study, conducted in Canada, revealed that single dads there are at twice the risk of physical and mental health problems as married ones.   “Our research was planned with the view that dads, whether they are single or married dads, play a very important role in children’s lives and their healthy development,” said Dr. Shelia Kennison, Wood’s faculty adviser. Statistics from the U.S. Center for Disease Control show more than 12,000 children, ages 0 – 19 years, die from an unintentional injury each year in the U.S., while another 9.2 million sustain unintentional injuries that require emergency medical attention. In a prior study, Wood and Kennison found that the rate of risk-taking by girls between the ages of 2 and 5 years was as high as the rate of boys in the same age range. “This result was unexpected because prior research consistently showed that little boys take more risks than girls,” Wood said. “That made us curious to hear from single dads who head households. Their answers could help us make the home a safer place, and our research well worth the hard work.” Single dads participate in the online study anonymously. Those who have their children in their care an average of at least 25 percent of the time each month, throughout the year, are invited to contact Erin Wood at 1-479-899-2570 or The researchers expect to finish the study this spring. PHOTO:
Fri, 03 Feb 2017 09:17:07 -0600
Fancying Felines
Smith’s volunteer work helps countless cats and more Dr. Roy Smith of Round Rock, Texas, has been volunteering and giving back to the community ever since he earned his DVM degree from Oklahoma State in 1962. Smith was president of the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation and longtime treasurer of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association. He was president of the American Association of Feline Practitioners in 2012 and is the group’s current treasurer. “My greatest accomplishment has been with the AAFP advancing feline veterinary medicine,” Smith says. “We have worked to educate the public on the importance of good health for their cats. People are beginning to recognize the vital role cats play in our lives as companions.” Smith also supports multiple animal welfare organizations in his area. He has a special interest in feline leukemia cats, and in 2004, he and his wife co-founded Shadow Cats, a charitable organization where hundreds of special-needs cats have found a safe haven over the last 20 years. He is also a strong proponent of TNR (trap, neuter and return) programs. Smith owns and operates Central Texas Cat Hospital in Round Rock. He has had the feline-exclusive, no-declawing practice for more than 13 years. He has owned three other small animal practices in his career. He also serves on the board of directors for the Veterinary Information Network. “VIN is an online source for veterinary medicine that literally is accessible around the globe,” Smith says.“The information we provide goes all over the world to veterinarians everywhere. It is particularly helpful in underserved areas where veterinarians can now access valuable information.” Smith encourages others to volunteer. “There are things coming down the road that are trying to change how we practice veterinary medicine,” he says. “We need people to get involved locally and nationally to keep the profession strong. Get involved when you are in veterinary college or from day one when you graduate. My motto is, ‘get involved, stay involved and don’t be discouraged. Persevere. You can make a difference.’ Some may think their one vote or one action doesn’t matter, but it does. It all starts with one. Get involved and make difference in your community, your state, your region and the world.” photo courtesy / Dr. Roy Smith “My motto is, ‘get involved, stay involved and don’t be discouraged. Persevere. You can make a difference.’” — Dr. Roy Smith
Fri, 27 Jan 2017 13:51:52 -0600
Making heart history
Tulsa cat undergoes first-of-its-kind surgery at OSU Linda Wheeler came to tears the first time she saw Romano. The 6-month-old kitten, a stray who popped up in the yard of the Tulsa woman’s sister, bore a striking resemblance to a cat Wheeler had recently lost. The only difference was Romano’s perfect heart on his nose. Was it a sign? After all, it turned out that his heart had a hole in it, which was leading to congestive heart failure. But Oklahoma State University’s Veterinary Medical Hospital came to his rescue with a first-of-its-type-in-Oklahoma procedure. Dr. Ryan Baumwart, veterinary cardiologist, and Dr. Danielle Dugat, small animal surgeon, of OSU’s Veterinary Medical Hospital, collaborated on the surgical procedure. The hole in the feline’s heart was causing blood to shunt, overworking the left side of the heart. “The procedure hadn’t been done in Oklahoma,” Wheeler says. “From just watching Dr. Baumwart in coming here four different times, I can tell he’s very competent. He did his research on the procedure, and I very much trust him.” Fourth-year veterinary student Amy Tomcheck, of Milwaukee, examined the cat and reviewed his medical history with Wheeler the day before the surgery. Dugat talked his owner through what would take place during surgery. “We’ve got our game plan all lined out,” Dugat told Wheeler. “We’re going to go into the chest on the left side and do an intercostal thoracotomy. That’s the easiest access. We’re going to use a retractor to separate his ribs, and the pulmonary artery will be sitting right there.” After a lengthy discussion, Dugat asked, “So are you ready?” “I’m ready. I trust you more than you know,” confirmed Wheeler. The next day in surgery, Baumwart monitored Romano’s pressures while Dugat inserted a catheter into his pulmonary artery and placed a band around it. The trick was to tighten the band enough but not too much. Two days later, Romano was well enough to go home. “It turned into a little bit of a guessing game,” Baumwart says. “We had to give Romano some drugs to keep the pressures up to avoid kidney damage and at the same time try to adjust the pressures as Dr. Dugat placed the band around the artery.” “You’re going to get to live a little longer,” Wheeler told Romano. “So just a handful of these have really been done across the U.S. I knew you could do it.” “Everything went the way it was supposed to because we all had our plan and everybody stuck to the plan,” Dugat says. “That incision looks wonderful. You guys did great,” Wheeler says. “Thank you so much. Thank you so much.” The procedure performed on Romano will allow him to live a longer, healthier life. The only alternative would be to have (very rare) open-heart surgery to correct the hole in his heart. “To see such joy in an owner’s eyes when the procedure you perform is successful makes this a fulfilling profession,” says Dugat. “I could not have had the confidence I needed in performing this procedure for the first time if it was not for an owner who was willing to hand over the life of her baby into my hands. More so, developing a plan before surgery and understanding every individual’s important role to the success of the surgery made the execution seamless.” Derinda Blakeney, APR To view a video of Romano, visit “To see such joy in an owner’s eyes when the procedure you perform is successful makes this a fulfilling profession.” — Dr. Danielle Dugat Above: Linda Wheeler (third from left), Dr. Ryan Baumwart (fourth from left), Dr. Danielle Dugat (holding Romano) and a team of specialists at OSU’s Veterinary Medical Hospital are all smiles as they surround Romano as he recovers after heart surgery. Gary Lawson / University Marketing
Mon, 30 Jan 2017 12:08:22 -0600
One-World Research
Experts tackling viruses that hit humans and animals Research is a key component of our mission at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. Current collaborative efforts focus on herpes viruses that affect primates, humans and horses. “I have been very lucky to work with Dr. Eberle and his technician, Darla Black, since coming to Oklahoma State University in 2003,” Maxwell says. “Dr. Eberle is one of the world’s premier researchers in Monkey B virus and in Herpesvirus Papio 2 (HVP-2). HVP-2 affects baboons and Monkey B virus affects macaques.” While neither virus produces much disease in their host species, they can produce devastating neurological disease and death in the majority of people they infect. “B virus is very closely related to herpes simplex virus (HSV) that people have,” Eberle says. “In monkeys, it’s just like HSV in humans; they get oral and genital lesions. But when (Monkey B virus) is transmitted to humans, it’s about 80 percent lethal. Because Monkey B virus is so dangerous, it is the primary zoonotic concern for people working with macaques, which are a really essential animal model for biomedical research like AIDS research.” “So we are interested in preventing these devastating consequences of infection in people by figuring out which antiviral drugs will best protect people from developing disease if they are exposed to Monkey B virus or HVP-2,” Maxwell says. “Although HVP-2 has not been shown to be pathogenic to people, it is being used as a model for Monkey B virus because Monkey B virus is so dangerous to work with. Our research has shown that HVP-2 does parallel Monkey B virus in its drug sensitivity. “We are exploring the use of different antiviral drugs in mice, either administering them systemically, throughout the whole body, or topically to the site of infection because, of course, we can’t actually study this in people,” she adds. “People are very rarely bitten by macaques and so are rarely affected by this disease. However, the disease has been documented and when it occurs, the effects are so devastating that we would really like to be able to offer better protection for these people.” The major documented cause of zoonotic B virus transmission is via monkey bites or scratches to animal care personnel. However, other inadvertent modes of infection including needle stick injuries could occur in research personnel. “The one thing that I want people to know is that when I was a veterinary student, I was told that if you were ever infected with Monkey B virus from an animal that you are working with in a zoo or in some type of primate research colony, that you were basically dead. There is no cure for it and no way to prevent the infection,” Maxwell says. “Based on our research in mice, we think we really could prevent people from developing the severe systemic illness and neurological disease that occurs with Monkey B virus infection. We think that prophylaxis is possible and doable and could be more effective than current CDC guidelines, which would be very important for those who are potentially exposed to Monkey B virus.” The team’s research has shown that administering drugs such as ganciclovir and cidofovir early in the course of the disease can protect mice. Some preliminary evidence suggests that these drugs can be very effective when administered topically on a bite wound, which would be much less invasive for the patient. “Cidofovir, which hasn’t previously been used to treat Monkey B virus, seems to be much more effective than ganciclovir,” Eberle says. “You can use it at a much lower concentration. But still, once the virus is in the nervous system, cidofovir doesn’t work.” “Our idea is that ultimately in any place where monkeys are housed, a treatment pack would be available,” Maxwell says. “Anyone who is scratched or bitten could immediately apply this topical antiviral to the skin. This would prevent the infection from ever getting established. If the infection does become established, systemic antiviral drugs are still recommended but at that point, they are far less successful. Even if people survive the infection, they are likely to have lasting neurological damage.” Eberle, Maxwell and Melanie Breshears, DVM, Ph.D. and an American College of Veterinary Pathologists (DACVP) diplomate, recently received a National Institutes of Health grant that will allow the team to work full time on this project. “We’ll finish the trials with cidofovir,” Eberle says. “There are a lot of different macaque species. They all have their own version of B virus. So will cidofovir or ganciclovir protect against all these different variants of B virus? Will it protect against extremely high doses of virus? How long after infection can you wait before starting the drug? We’ll want to look at combinations of drugs as well as other experimental drugs to see if maybe that will help with infections once the virus is in the nervous system.” “It’s a very rare illness and thus, understudied,” Maxwell adds. “Those people who are impacted are often those who are trying to help human health in other ways, such as in primate research or people who are trying to maintain the animals at zoos. I think those people deserve the highest level of protection that we can provide.” Maxwell is also involved with a multidisciplinary team that is studying the mitigation and prevention of equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy in horses. “It’s a disease that’s become increasingly important to the equine industry due to outbreaks that result in quarantines, closures of race tracks and horse shows, as well as individual horses that are affected,” she says. “Since the disease can be so devastating, it can result either in death or in damage to the career of a show horse or race horse.” “The principal herpesvirus of concern is Equine Herpesvirus type 1 or EHV-1,” Rezabek says. “This is an endemic virus in the United States. It affects all kinds of horses in all regions. It’s been present a long time. The majority of the horses infected with EHV-1 develop an acute respiratory disease. A moderate number also suffer abortions. A small subset, however, develop a neurologic disease that’s typified by hind limb ataxia, urinary incontinence and some other neurologic signs. “Certainly the disease has been around for a long time,” he continues. “However, more recently in 2003, there was an outbreak in Ohio that had a high infection rate. That was followed by an outbreak in some show horses in Florida in the winter of 2006 where a large number of horses developed neurologic signs when acutely infected with herpes virus.” There have been other western horse show outbreaks of this disease culminating in an outbreak in Ogden, Utah, in May 2011. “It was a cutting show,” Rezabek says. “There were 421 primary horses that were exposed at that Ogden show and subsequent to that when they all went home, there were 1,685 secondary and tertiary exposed horses. The economic impact of that disease outbreak was significant on the industry because a lot of shows had to be canceled.” These disease outbreaks have continued intermittently at racetracks, horse shows and training centers throughout the nation; the most recent outbreak was in Sunland Park, a racetrack in New Mexico. “That outbreak started in January 2016 and was declared clear March 9,” Rezabek says. “There were 79 infected horses and six fatalities. The economic impact of that Sunland Park outbreak on racing in the state of New Mexico was estimated at $1.8 million.” The team, led by Maxwell and including Eberle; Rezabek; Lyndi Gilliam, DVM, Ph.D., American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (DACVIM) diplomate; Todd Holbrook, DVM, DACVIM, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation diplomate; Dianne McFarlane, DVM, Ph.D., DACVIM; and Tim Snider, DVM, DACVP, Ph.D., is interested in preventing the disease either through vaccination or through the use of antiviral drugs. “We’ve done a pilot study where vaccination appeared to be protective and presented on that,” Maxwell says. “Some of the drugs we’ve investigated have been valacyclovir and ganciclovir. What we found with those drugs is that if we are able to administer the drugs very early in the course of disease, either before or immediately after infection, then we are able to prevent the disease with the oral drug valacyclovir. This is a more convenient drug that veterinarians can issue a prescription for and owners are able to get it from a pharmacy. If treatment didn’t occur until late in the course of the disease, then ganciclovir worked better. “So we have reason to think that both vaccination and the use of antiviral drugs can be protective for horses,” she concludes. “We think this approach can be helpful for the industry either in protecting individual horses at the time of outbreaks or in providing additional protection in horses that are already showing signs of equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy. An outcome that has already been realized due to this research is increasing use of valacyclovir in horses with exposure to EHV-1 during an outbreak. All of these measures together, we think, can mitigate the disease and prevent as many horses as possible from developing the most destructive effects of this virus.” For more information on research being conducted at OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, visit To watch a video on OSU’s research, visit Derinda Blakeney, APR Three of the main researchers involved include RICHARD EBERLE, Ph.D., molecular biology/virology professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology; LARA MAXWELL, DVM, Ph.D., American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology diplomate and professor in the Department of Physiological Sciences; and GRANT REZABEK, MPH, DVM, assistant clinical professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology and veterinary pathologist at the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. Drs. Richard Eberle (from left), Lara Maxwell and Grant Rezabek are collaborating on research on herpes viruses. “The one thing that iI want people to know is that when I was a veterinary student, I was told that if you were ever infected with monkey b virus from an animal that you are working with in a zoo or in some type of primate research colony, that you were basically dead. There is no cure for it and no way to prevent the infection.” — Dr. Lara Maxwell Gary Lawson / University Marketing
Mon, 30 Jan 2017 12:11:27 -0600
Orr Award goes to Morgan Pierce
Morgan Pierce of Bellville, Texas, won the 2016 Dean Harry W. Orr Memorial Award for prominent academic achievement at the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences annual awards banquet in April — an accomplishment that well illustrates her intensive work thus far. “It was really exciting to get this award because it has so much history behind it regarding the vet school and the dean,” says Pierce, now a fourth-year veterinary student. “We don’t know which one we’re getting when we show up to the banquet,” she says. “It’s kind of fun because it’s unknown. You’re just sitting there kind of waiting for your name to be called — you know you won something, but it could be anything. This particular award was a part of the bigger scholarships online, so I just applied.” The Orr Award honors Oklahoma A&M School of Veterinary Medicine’s second dean. “Morgan received the Dean Harry W. Orr Award in recognition of her high academic standing,” says Dr. Chris Ross, professor and interim dean for the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. “Monetary awards like this one help lessen student debt. We are very grateful for our donors, who allowed us to award more than $600,000 this past year.” Pierce didn’t always want to be a vet, even though she grew up around horses. One particular experience — caring for a severely injured horse while working for a horse trainer during high school — sparked her interest in animal science, and she pursued her career path from there. “My grandfather went here [to OSU],” she says.“He actually lived in the dairy barn and would walk back and forth to main campus. That kind of pushed me to go to OSU, and I really love it here.” There hasn’t been a dull moment for Pierce. She’s already learned so much and seen countless case types since the beginning of her fourth year. “I really loved my equine medicine rotation,” she says. “It was so busy. We had very few open stalls in the hospital. There were quite a few nights that I slept in stalls with foals.” In the clinical setting, Pierce gets true hands-on experience and feels like she’s a real doctor. “It’s fun to kind of be able to make those decisions but then also have somebody there just in case to be like, ‘Are you sure you want to do that? … Maybe we should try something else, or this would be better,’” she says. Pierce is pretty confident that when it’s time to walk across the stage, she’ll be ready to go out into the world as a veterinarian. Shelby Holcomb “I really loved my equine medicine rotation. … There were quite a few nights that I slept in stalls with foals.” — Morgan Pierce Morgan Pierce, Class of 2017, received the 2016 Dean Harry W. Orr Memorial Award at the CVHS annual banquet in April. She was granted $2,500. Pierce helped care for a patient, Timmie, during one of her shifts in the CVHS Small Animal Critical Care Unit. Gary Lawson / University Marketing
Fri, 27 Jan 2017 13:37:49 -0600